'Every bride and groom have a different idea of what they want'
WHAT does it take to be a wedding co-ordinator? A lot of dedication and hard work, according to Kim Monaghan, of Castle Dargan hotel in Ballygawley.
She said: "I enjoy my job here and I am very passionate in what I do.
"It can be challenging at times but I relish in seeing it all come together."
Kim, from Strandhill, was crowned Ireland's top wedding co-ordinator 2014 at a swanky ceremony in Clontarf Castle.
She said that she was 'totally thrilled' with the win.
"There was only 10 in the category so to win was brilliant.
"I am so happy, it is the first time that a Sligo hotel has won the award, so that makes it even more special."
She praised the hotel team who made the win possible.
Kim has been working in the hotel for the last two years.
"Before that, I used to work in Event Management in both Brown Thomas and House of Fraser in Dublin as an account manager for Estee Lauder.
"In a way I suppose I am totally new to the hospitality industry, but I love it."
Her responsibility is to work with the bride and grooms to be to ensure their wedding day runs smoothly.
"The couple come to view the hotel first and I meet with them. Every bride and groom have a different idea of what they want and I work with them on that.
"We have a range of different packages and I help tailor the package to suit them."
The busy wedding season is already underway.
"We have a minimum of two weddings every week, so business is fantastic.
"It is important to liaise with each wedding couple to ensure they have the certainty that the planning of their big day is in safe hands."
There has been an increase in the volume of calls off the back of her national win too.
"It is about being there to help the couple with any questions they have and make sure the little extras that they want are catered for."